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SCOTUS debates Obamacare




U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) speaks during a Tea Party Patriots rally against the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S Supreme Court during a rally March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell that could determine the fate of health care subsidies for as many as eight million people.
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) speaks during a Tea Party Patriots rally against the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S Supreme Court during a rally March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell that could determine the fate of health care subsidies for as many as eight million people.
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Oral arguments begin today in King v. Burwell, the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

At the heart of the case is whether residents in the 37 states that did not set up their own marketplaces still qualify for federal subsidies. The outcome will be determined by how the court chooses to interpret a key phrase in the section of the law that defines those subsidies. A victory for the plaintiffs could seriously rollback a critical portion of Obamacare.

Lisa McElroy joins us to break down the legalese and what it means for the future of health care.

Guests:

Lisa McElroy, Law Professor at Drexel University, where she specializes in Supreme Court cases

Sarah Ferris, health and politics reporter for The Hill who’s been following the Supreme Court challenge. She was at the oral arguments this morning. She tweet at @sarahnferris